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In a Few Words—
In a Few Words—
The seven thunders (last-day events) are based on Daniel’s fulfilled prophetic events of the past. In the order of Daniel’s time prophecies, the symbolic years, the first event would be:
BC 457 —The decree to rebuild Jerusalem. Transgression of desolation set-up; the daily taken away; the place of his sanctuary was cast down. The beginning of the longest time period in Daniel, reaching 2300 symbolic days or 2300 years into the future. Dan 9:25. (FS—The 70 Weeks and 457 B.C.; a nine page pdf)
The Transgression of Desolation—
In the Old Testament King James Version, the word abomination is sometimes used for idol worship. See 2 Kings 23:13; Isaiah 44:19. The word transgression obviously refers to something sinful. And a sacrilege (Matthew 24:15, R.S.V.) is something irreverent. Thus, the “transgression of desolation” (events of the 2300 days), and the “abomination of desolation” (events of the 1260 days and 1290 days), and the phrase “for the overspreading of abominations” spoken of by Daniel and by Jesus in Matthew 24 are one and the same thing, and are seen to progress in intensity until “he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.”
Essentially, it was/is a sinful system of pagan sun worship that would commit the sacrilege of trampling on (represented by the goat) and desolating God’s city, God’s sanctuary, and His people (represented by the ram). “And I saw him [the goat] come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler [great anger] against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him [the goat], but he [the goat] cast him [ram] down to the ground, and stamped upon him [ram]: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. . . Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Dan 8:7, 13, 14.
“The transgression of desolation. —This term covers both pagan and papal systems of false religion in conflict with the religion of God (see on vs. 9, 11).” SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, pg. 843.2.9.
Thunder #1; Rebuild Jerusalem
The Prophetic Symbols of Daniel 8
A Great Prophetic Period
The 70 Weeks and 457 B.C.
The 49 Years
70 Weeks; 490 Years